Indie Artist, Rock/Americana, Seattle based Singer/Songwriter.
ONLY YOU KNOW is Kelly Kristjanson’s (Icelandic spelling, pronounced like Christian’s son) 5th full length Indie release and a deeply intimate album. The title is taken from his song “The Collector” which was also the working title for the LP. The origins of which came up in a therapy session. The therapist indicated that Kelly was a people collector. He said he didn’t buy into the analysis but took the ball and ran with it, creatively speaking.
During the course of writing and recording the album Kelly suffered some profound losses of both friends and family. “I Still Feel You With Me Everyday” was written for his cousin Stefania. Who was also Kelly’s best friend. She was lost suddenly… and “Save a Place at the Bar” is song about his friend Scott holding a place at heaven’s bar for him to drink when he gets there.
Besides the deeper emotional songs you can hear a sense of reverence. “Meet Me at the Truck Stop’ Is a fast moving vehicle of bravado.“Hot Spots” is a screamer as well. Then there is the absolutely infectious ‘Helping Johnny on the Farm’. You’ll be singing that one for hours. Kelly’s Uncle Johnny actually took over the family farm back in Mountain, North Dakota. “I never did a lick of work there at all”, Kelly quipped.
All songs were written by Kelly Kristjanson except for “Some Moments Last a Lifetime” written by Steve Besancon and Kristjanson. Kristjanson performs all vocals. Kristjanson also plays all instruments with the exception of Lead Guitars on “The Collector”,” I Still Feel You With Me Everyday”, “Meet Me at the Truck Stop”, “Helping Johnny On the Farm”, “One Day at a Time” and “Save a Place at the Bar” which were performed by Guy Johnson. Johnson also Played bass on “I Still Feel You With Me Everyday”, “One Day at a Time” and “Helping Johnny On the Farm”. All arrangements by Kristjanson except “One Day at a Time” arranged by Kristjanson and Johnson. Recorded at KaliBali Studio Edmonds WA. Engineered and Mixed by Kelly Kristjanson using Pro Tools. Cover art design by K.K. Produced for WantSongs.com by Kelly Kristjanson. Mastered by Tom Nunes at Atomic Disc.